North Nowra Veterinary Hospital

Introducing our wonderful, caring vets at the North Nowra Veterinary Clinic and Hospital near Bomaderry on the NSW South Coast, that will work with you to provide the best healthcare for every stage of your pet’s life. They are very approachable and willing to discuss any concerns you may have about your pet’s wellbeing. We would also like to introduce our caring and well trained nursing team who endeavour to provide your pets with the best possible nursing care and who supply you with up to date information on how to ensure the wellness of your pet.

Dr Cathy Birch BVSc

Dr Cathy Birch BVSc

Veterinarian

Cathy graduated from Sydney University and worked in the local area before starting her own hospital in North Nowra. Cathy has a particular interest in feline medicine, however enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery. Cathy has the ability to remember names and faces of clients and their pets she hasn’t seen in awhile like she had just seen them yesterday. This is a great attribute to have as a veterinarian. Along with her business partner Quentin, Cathy is striving to provide the latest treatments and technology available in the support of your animal’s wellness throughout their life stages.

Dr Quentin Brown BSc. BVMS

Dr Quentin Brown BSc. BVMS

Veterinarian

Quentin graduated from Murdoch University and joined Cathy in 2001 as her business partner. Quentin has a special interest in cardiology and continues to further his already vast knowledge in this area. Like Cathy he enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery. Quentin is very approachable and is professional in his manner and is able to put every owner at ease, making them feel as though they have known him forever. Together with Cathy, they have watched their hospital grow into the success veterinary hospital it is today. The new purpose built hospital will allow them to provide all of existing services and more, which will meet and exceed your expectations.

Dr Kristy Gilbert BVsc Hons

Dr Kristy Gilbert BVsc Hons

Veterinarian & Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist

Kristy has been working part-time with us since 2011. She graduated with the University Medal from Sydney University in 1998 and has spent time in small animal hospitals in Darwin, Brisbane and Melbourne before landing at our door. Kristy enjoys all aspects of internal medicine and soft tissue surgery and acupuncture. She can often be found staring down a microscope at various needle biopsies and urine samples we take.

Dr Robyn Mackay BVSc

Dr Robyn Mackay BVSc

Veterinarian

Robyn joined the team in 2007 and brings a wealth of knowledge gained through her years of experience as a veterinarian. Her friendly and professional manner has allowed Robyn to fit into our hospital with ease. Please be sure to get to know Robyn as you will benefit from her wealth of experience and knowledge. Robyn is also able to help clients with the more unusual animals, like ferrets, rabbits and guinea pigs along with the unique skills required to care and treat wildlife.

Dr Ashleigh Bennett BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS

Dr Ashleigh Bennett BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS

Veterinarian

Ashleigh has recently joined the team in June 2016. Ashleigh graduated from the University of Sydney in 2011. Originally from the northern beaches of Sydney, she moved to the south coast after graduating and never left. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary science and getting to know her clients and patients alike. A love of all things surgery and patient management lead to Ashleigh pursuing her Memberships in the Small Animal Surgery Chapter of the Australian New Zealand Veterinary College, which she obtained in 2016. When not at work, Ashleigh enjoys spending time with her friends and family, cooking and heading to the beach.

Dr Amanda Brett BVSc

Dr Amanda Brett BVSc

Veterinarian

Dr Amanda graduated from the University of Sydney in 2006. She began working in the Illawarra for 4 years before heading off to the UK and Ireland. Amanda worked as a small animal vet throughout the UK and spent a lot of time honing her skills with Exotic pets as this is her main passion. After returning home to Australia Amanda joined our team in March 2014. Whether your companion has scales, fur, feathers or floppy ears Amanda has the skills and knowledge to take good care of them.

Dr Montana Mays BVSc, PgCert(VBM), CCRP (Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner)

Dr Montana Mays BVSc, PgCert(VBM), CCRP (Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner)

Veterinarian

Montana wanted to be a veterinarian since she was 4 years old. She completed her Bachelor of Veterinary Science through the University of Sydney before working at a mixed practice vet clinic in South Australia.She then moved to the United Kingdom to work as a locum veterinarian and it is during this time she realised that her passion in the veterinary world was specifically in animal rehabilitation and canine behaviour. While overseas she undertook further training in canine behaviour through Absolute Dogs UK, becoming an accredited Pro Dog Trainer. Since returning to Australia, Montana had pursued her desire to work as a rehabilitation veterinarian. She has worked as the Head Rehabilitation Veterinarian at Illawarra Animal Rehabilitation while completing the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) course through the University of Tennessee. 

Amy

Amy

Head Nurse

Amy is our Head Nurse and joined our team in July 2012. She has completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. In the hospital she coordinates the day’s proceedings and makes sure all the animals in her care receive their treatments and medications throughout their stay.”In her spare time she loves riding her horses Cherry and Raffy and spending time with her 2 dogs, Kuta the staffy and Juno the Boston terrier. She also hangs out with Bowie her African Grey parrot and her flock of 25 chickens.

Katie

Katie

Nurse & Marketing Manager

Katie joined the team in May 2014 and comes with 8 years Veterinary Nurse experience. Katie recently moved down from Sydney and enjoys the quiet change from the city. Katie now spends her days as an Intensive Care Nurse but still looks after our website, Facebook, Instagram and marketing for both our locations.

Julie

Julie

Receptionist

Julie will greet you when you arrive at reception with her warm and welcoming smile. Julie also organises all of our stock for us and will locate any product you may require. Julie has been with us for more than 20 years and continues to provide the same professional and caring service to our clients and patients.

Kirrily

Kirrily

Nurse

Kirrily joined our team in 2009 as a Kennel hand whilst studying her Certificate IV in Veterinary nursing which she completed in 2012. She has worked as a medical and surgical nurse at both our North Nowra and Jervis Bay practices. Kirrily has a keen interest in animal behaviour and is currently studying to become a Delta Qualified Animal Trainer. At home Kirrily cares for her cockatiel Audrey, bunny rabbit Sherlock, 9 year old Collie X Buddie and her young English Springer Spaniel Tonks. Tonks is currently training in Agility.

Ashleigh

Ashleigh

Nurse

Ashleigh joined our team as a weekend cattery hand while studying at school. She completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in July 2012. She has always been enthusiastic and passionate about caring for animals and when not looking after your animals in hospital, she is at home looking after her dog Chester. 

Megan

Megan

Nurse

Megan joined the team in April 2014 and has 10 years experience as a Veterinary Nurse. She has a keen interest in Endoscopy and Radiology. Working at both our North Nowra and Jervis Bay Hospitals, she enjoys getting to know all our clients and beloved pets. When not at the hospital she enjoys keeping up with her Kelpie Tilly and her menagerie on the farm.

Lily Poulter

Lily Poulter

Practice Manager

Lily has joined the team in November 2014 as our practice manager. Lily loves all animals great and small just like all of us and has a Golden Labrador called Yuri.

Dani

Dani

Nurse

Danielle started out with the team as a weekend kennel hand before pursuing her dream job to become a veterinary nurse. She has completed her Cert II and III in animal studies in 2015 and her Cert IV in veterinary nursing in 2016. 
 
Danielle has always had a love for animals having been brought up with them all her life and growing up on her family farm. She has a great interest in medical & surgical nursing as well as making sure all our hospital animals get as much TLC as possible. When Dani isn’t working she spends her time with her two dogs Star & Tayto and her much loved horse Dottie.
Alicia

Alicia

Nurse

Alicia has been a part of the team since 2010. She started as a volunteer whilst studying her certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing which she completed in 2012. In the hospital Alicia loves being apart of all the patient treatments and procedures, watching them recover and go home happy and well. At home she cares for her cat Ripley which she hand raised from 2 weeks of age.

Rhiannon

Rhiannon

Nurse

Rhiannon has a certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing from Yallah Tafe and has been with us for many years now! She love all animals but has a passion for horses and dogs in particular. She has 3 dogs a Kelpie called Nibbles, Panda a Cattle dog and Banjo a shih tzu x. She also has 2 cats Salem and Cleo and not to mention 6 horses that she has with her younger sister. On the weekends she can be found riding bush trails on one of her horses, or at home relaxing with her pets. 

Emily

Emily

Nurse

Emily has been nursing with the team at North Nowra Veterinary Hospital since March 2014. Emily is the manager of our Kitten Adoption Centre and has a passion for surgical nursing, orthopaedics, feline behaviour and reptile care. She enjoys caring for her cat Sheldon and Blue Heeler X Lani.

Tayla

Tayla

Nurse

Tayla joined the team in for work experience in 2014 as a Kennel Hand. At the beginning of 2017 Tayla completed her certificate III in veterinary nursing and is currently completing certificate IV to become a fully qualified veterinary nurse. Tayla has a strong interest in medical nursing and enjoys the fasted paced environment. In her spare time she loves taking her toy poodle Vinnie for walks along the beach. 

Sue

Sue

Cattery Manager

If your cat is staying in our luxury cattery, they will be cared for and pampered by Sue. She has a very caring nature and will look after your cat as if it is her own. She makes sure all our cattery residents enjoy their holiday with us. At home she cares for Plumpkin, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, who she adopted from our hospital.

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Regular Care

Annual physical examinations ensure your pet's health, wellbeing, behaviour and diet are all in order. Microchipping, vaccinations, fleas, ticks and worming treatments and dentistry are all part of this.

Paralysis Ticks

Our pets love the summer just as much as we do! It’s a great time of year to be outside enjoying the warmth and sunshine but also important that you recognise the dangers of the Paralysis Tick to our pets during the warmer months. What are Paralysis Ticks and how do they spread? Paralysis ticks are found ramped up and down the East coast of Australia. They thrive in warm and humid habitats,...

Rehabilitation with Dr Montana Mays

New Rehabilitation Program at North Nowra Vets We are pleased to introduce our new rehabilitation service at North Nowra Veterinary Hospital. Dr Montana Mays has joined the team to provide her expertise in rehabilitation programs that assist dogs and cats during the recovery process from injuries, surgery and musculoskeletal conditions. A little bit about Montana Montana wanted to be a...

Neurological Disorders

Jump to content Wobbler Syndrome Seizures in cats Wobbler Syndrome What is Wobbler Syndrome? The term "wobbler" originated from a spinal disease of horses that causes lack of co-ordination while walking. The canine version is more appropriately known as Cervical Spondylomyelopathy. It results in a wobbly gait when walking or running due to pressure on the spinal cord in the lower part of the...

Arthritis Supplements

As our companion animals become older, you may start to notice the negative effects of osteoarthritis. Arthritis is a common condition causing inflammation, swelling, pain and discomfort in joints. There are many treatment options available to help control arthritis in our pets. If you think your pet may have osteoarthritis, please speak to your veterinarian. They can examine your animal,...

Brachycephalic Syndrome

Brachycephalic Syndrome in Dogs and what we can do to help Certain breeds of dogs are prone to difficult, obstructive breathing because of the shape of their head, muzzle and throat. The most common dogs affected are the “brachycephalic” or “short faced” breeds. Common examples of brachycephalic dog breeds include the English bulldog, French bulldog, Pug, Pekingese, and Boston...

Summer Dangers

Jump to content Heatstroke Hot Spots Sunscreen Heat stroke With summer approaching, we decided it was a good time to alert our pet owners to the risk of heat stroke. Unlike people, most animals can't sweat and have to lose excess heat through evaporation by panting. This makes it difficult for them to cool down and puts them at greater risk of heat stress on hot days and when doing...

Dog Vaccinations

Vaccinations prevent dogs from very serious and fatal diseases. We highly recommended that your dog be vaccinated as recommended by your veterinarian.   When does my dog need to be vaccinated? Puppies should receive their first vaccination at 6-8 weeks of age. Followed by another vaccination at 10 weeks. 10 days after their 10 weeks vaccination they are safe to embark on walks in...

Urinary problems in Dogs

Urinary Incontinence What is Urinary Incontinence? Urinary incontinence is the involuntary passing (leakage) of urine and can be commonly seen in dogs middle aged and older. The leaking of urine can be very confronting for dog owners and also quite frustrating. There are many reasons why dogs suffer from urinary incontinence. These range from physical problems from injuries or...

Stomach & Bowel Problems in Dogs

Jump to Content Pancreatitis Bloat Foreign Body - My pet has eat something they should not have Hair Balls Why does my dog eat grass? Food Allergies Pancreatitis What is it? Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas is an organ located near the stomach that is responsible for producing digestive enzymes that are released into the small intestine to help digest...

Toxins, Poisons & Venoms

Jump to content Chocolate toxicity Paralysis ticks Other insect bites Rat bait poisoning Snake bites Poisonous plants   Chocolate Toxicity All year round there is likely to be more chocolate around the household, which means our pets sometimes getting a hold of it. Chocolate contains theobromine that is highly toxic to our pets. The levels of theobromine do vary depending on the...

 "They all love animals"

Understanding that some couples who have kids and grandkids, treat their animals like people. Having well trained staff, who get to know us quickly, and who are always so nice, helpful and efficient. They do great follow up calls to monitor their patients, and if they say they will call back, they actually do call back. They love animals and are very involved with their work.

"You guys are simply the best"

Thank you for providing a cattery where our 2 cats have stayed several times, and get outstanding care. They come home each time so relaxed - none of this tail and nose in the air for 48 hours story. The result is we go away and have no worries about our cats.

"Always the best care for our fur babies"

I have always been a client of North Nowra Vets. Their care and compassion is so heartfelt. They care for my cats as if they were their own. Always available for emergency after hours calls. I also use the cattery when we go away and have never had a cat ignore me afterwards. We will remain a loyal customer at North Nowra Vets because they care.

"My best respect to all who are part of this team"

These vets, Cathy and Quentin and their team, I cannot speak more highly of their knowledge and care, it is wonderful and you never leave you pet for surgery wondering. They all have a true love of animals. My best respect to all who are part of this team. Well done.

"Visits are never rushed and our dog's checkups are very thorough"

We have always found Kathy, Quentin and staff very pleasant and helpful. Visits are never rushed and our dog's checkups are very thorough. The options for treatment are clearly explained so the best choice can be made. Our dog has the intelligence and strong will that his breed is known for but he is always very happy even excited to go to the North Nowra Veterinary Hospital and that surely is a strong a recommendation as any.

"Everyone is so welcoming and friendly!"

From a  client's perspective, or 'owner of your patient', you have many years brought the "whole package" together in relation to you practice. Everyone is so welcoming and friendly which is great for both human and animal. I have for many years been referring friends, neighbours, acquaintances and clients from our own business to you knowing that they will receive professional care and excellent diagnosis.

"It's all about the little things you get right!"

It's not easy to say specifically which one thing makes for your customer service, as it's all about the little things you get right, such as keeping staff for long periods of time, so we see familiar faces and hear familiar voices on the phone. The fact that a number of people want to stay sends a powerful message that it's a good place to work.

"I pass 3 other clinics to get to you"

A lot of people ask me why I go out of my way to go to your clinic. It's because you have always given the best possible care, the centre is always fresh looking and a smile always available. At first I felt a bit apprehensive seeing someone other than Cathy or Quentin. But each and every time my distress has been eased with the knowledge and support given by all the team. I have always received 110%.

"Thanks for providing a hassle free service and a happy place"

I am pretty impresses when whoever is on the counter manages to call up Xena's details as I'm walking through the door so that by the time I reach the counter it's all up on the screen waiting for whatever has to be done. It's great and really efficient!! Thanks for the hassle free service and a happy place to walk into!

"I couldn't be happier with the service and care for my dog!"

Upon arrival I was very nervous as this was my first time taking my dog to Jervis Bay Vets. I had recently moved away from a hospital I was unhappy with. I could not recommend the Veterinary Clinic enough, the team are like a family and the veterinarian spent quality time with pet addressing the concerns I had. I am very happy.

"The vets took every precaution"

Thankyou to the vets and staff that saved my beautiful dobermann bitch "Sophie", I am a dog breeder and was very impressed with the communication between the vets, they were thorough, caring and professional, with a complicated medical condition (VWD). The vets took every precaution. I would recommend their services, your dog is in great hands here.

"Acupuncture Works!"

Our Great Dane has anxiety issues, for which she is being medicated. These medicines worked quite well for a time, but her anxiety started to increase, so we gave acupuncture a go. The difference was noticeable after the first treatment, and she continued to improve. After a few treatments she plateaued, and has been without treatment for a few months now, and still going well – she is much happier and calmer. I highly recommend giving it a go in Kristy's very talented hands.

"Our girl Freyja has a better doctor than us!"

Every time we visit the vets they always go above and beyond for us. I always feel like they put in so much time for us. They also know how to handle one big wriggly great dane!

"I have never been to such a good vet!"

I am so glad I finally found a vet that really understands my anxious dog! All the nurses and vets are always gentle with my dog! Thank you!